September 30, 2013 — Vol. 29 No. 33
Associate Professor John Dudgeon (Anthropology) has been promoted to the Directorship of the Center for Archaeology, Materials and Applied Spectroscopy (CAMAS). The center represents a partnership between the departments of Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, and Geosciences at Idaho State University with the goal of promoting student, faculty and external contract-based research using advanced analytical technology. "The CAMAS facility specializes in microstructural, elemental and isotopic analysis, especially as they help us answer questions of interest in historical, environmental, behavioral and materials sciences," says Dudgeon. "Our goal is to provide low-cost analysis services to students conducting original research, faculty initiating new projects, and to develop strategic research partnerships with colleagues both nationally and internationally, as well as providing fee-based analytical services to government and business clientele." The CAMAS facility is located in the ISU Research and Business Park on Alvin Ricken Drive and welcomes visitors and researchers who would like to know how CAMAS can help them with their analytical needs. Please contact Dr. John Dudgeon, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Idaho State University Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, Steve Chiu, was one of 73 of the nation's most innovative, young engineering educators selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's fifth Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) symposium.
Faculty members who are developing and implementing innovative educational approaches in a variety of engineering disciplines will come together for the event, where they can share ideas, learn from research and best practice in education, and leave with a charter to bring about improvement in their home institution. The attendees were nominated by fellow engineers or deans and chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants. The symposium will be held Oct. 27-30 in Irvine, Calif.
"The Frontiers of Engineering Education program gives top university faculty a special opportunity to engage together and critique new, innovative teaching techniques," said NAE President Dan Mote. "Collaborations among these education experts are vital to developing new teaching practices for all engineering faculty who will prepare engineering students for the problems of our time."
"It is traditional that the training of Ph.D. students heavily emphasizes research and unfortunately often glosses over their role as future educators. FOEE helps to address this imbalance by supporting faculty as they learn about and use evidence-based practices in the design and implementation of innovative courses and curricula," said Stephen W. Director, Provost and Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Northeastern University and Chair of the FOEE Advisory Committee. "Through this forum our engineering faculty are empowered to create the conditions to meaningfully engage engineering students in innovation and entrepreneurship to meet 21st century challenges, and are encouraged to be agents of change at their home institutions."
The 2013 Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium is sponsored by John McDonnell and the McDonnell Family Foundation. The National Academy of Engineering, an independent, nonprofit organization, was established in 1964 under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences as a parallel organization of outstanding engineers. Part of its mission is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshaling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology. The NAE, along with the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council make up the National Academies.
Naomi S. Adams, Assistant Professor of Art at Idaho State University, exhibits a solo show at the Joan Derryberry Art Gallery at Tennessee Tech University this month. The exhibition features Adams' dimensional reconstructed fiber art pieces. The show runs from Monday, September 30th through Thursday, October 24th. Adams will provide a gallery talk on Thursday, October 24th at 4:30pm, with a reception to follow. The Joan Derryberry Art Gallery is located on the first floor of TTU's Roaden University Center at 1000 N. Dixie Ave. in Cookeville, Tennessee and is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. Please contact gallery director Kimberly Winkle for more information at KWinkle@tntech.edu, http://www.tntech.edu/centerstage/home/.
Provost Woodworth-Ney is please to announce Selena Grace has been appointed Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness in Academic Affairs. She will be responsible for institutional accreditation and academic strategic planning, as well as other program development processes. "Ms. Grace's extensive experience at the state and federal levels will be a great service to ISU," said Provost Woodworth-Ney.
Grace has served as the Idaho State Board of Education's Chief Academic Officer for the last three years. During this time, she was instrumental in bringing forward the Complete College Idaho plan, and coordinating statewide collaborations that bridged secondary and postsecondary interests regarding the use of technology. She also advised the Board, Institution Presidents, and Provosts on policies, statewide initiatives, and key reform efforts. Prior to this role, she was the Director of Research for the Idaho State Board of Education, where she oversaw reporting and data analysis for the eight public postsecondary institutions in Idaho.
She is currently working toward a Ph.D. with a focus on public policy. She earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing with a non-fiction emphasis from George Mason University, where she was awarded the only non-fiction Writing Fellowship that year, and has a Bachelor of Arts in English writing, with a Native American Studies minor, from Boise State University.
A fourth-generation Idahoan, Grace was born in Pocatello. She begins her new duties on September 30, 2013.
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The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) announced a five-year, $20.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to lead a health research network of 13 universities across the Mountain West, including Idaho State University.
The University of Nevada School of Medicine will partner on the grant, that was announced on Sept. 18.
The Clinical Translational Research Infrastructure Network (CTR-IN) will expand the capacity of partner institutions across seven states to put clinical research into practice to address regional health concerns including access to care, cancer, obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular and infectious diseases.
Rex Force, PharmD, associate dean for clinical research for the Idaho State University Division of Health Sciences Idaho Center for Health Research, said he is excited about the grant and what it means for ISU and the residents of Idaho.
"We're partners on the project, but UNLV did the heavy lifting," Force said. "This grant will significantly improve our research capacity at ISU in the health professions and the work coming out of this grant is expected to impact the health of people living in Idaho and other western states."
"This grant will be a game-changer for Nevada and the entire region," said program director Dr. Robert D. Langer, a physician and epidemiologist with more than 25 years of related research experience. Langer holds faculty appointments at UNLV's School of Allied Health Sciences and the University of Nevada School of Medicine.
"We will now have the means to address the unique health needs of people in the Mountain West, which covers one third of the U.S. and faces tremendous health care delivery challenges," said Langer. "While we've been successful in building basic science research, until now we've had a tough time building traction for research that can help everyday people. This grant will help us change that."
ISU will receive funding for statistical support to help ISU researchers with study design and research analysis. Direct infrastructure funding from this grant will go to the Idaho Center for Health Research within ISU's Division of Health Sciences. Additionally, over the five-year span of the grant, ISU health professions researchers can receive pilot grant funding. Potentially, Force said, several hundred thousand of dollars of research funding could come to ISU because of this grant.
"'Bench-to-bedside' or translational research is the type of research that occurs in the health professions and really ends up improving the health of people and patients," Force said.
ISU, like other partner institutions, will share resources and expertise to centralize services for researchers. This will improve research capacity at the institutional level and increase the likelihood for future independent NIH-funded research studies. Services/resources include:
Though most CTR-IN universities have successful programs in basic science, they lack capacity in clinical or bench-to-bedside research - what the NIH refers to as translational research - and have limited resources to support faculty conducting this type of work. Only three partner institutions have medical schools and the two outside of Nevada - the Universities of New Mexico and Hawaii - have NIH-funded research centers to provide additional support to CTR-IN partners. With this grant, Nevada achieves similar leadership capability.
Grant funding comes from the NIH Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Program. IDeA grants are intended to enhance the caliber of scientific faculty at research institutions in historically underfunded IDeA-eligible states, thereby attracting more promising faculty and students. The CTR-IN will further this goal among the 13 partnering universities that also include the University of Alaska, Anchorage; University of Alaska, Fairbanks; University of Hawaii at Manoa; Boise State University; Idaho State University; University of Idaho; Montana State University; University of Montana; University of New Mexico; New Mexico State University; and the University of Wyoming.
UNLV will coordinate the grant through its School of Allied Health Sciences. Each of the member institutions will provide administrative, personnel and infrastructure support.
ISU Coming Events: September 27-October 19
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The Idaho State University Department of Art is seeking entries for the first annual veterans art exhibition, "Vigilance" to be held at the John B. Davis Gallery inside the Fine Arts building.
Entries will be accepted in person at the gallery between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Nov. 4 - 6. This exhibition, which will open on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, and run through Nov. 22, will provide those who have served or are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces the opportunity to share their art, as an expression of their personal life experiences. "Vigilance" is part of a series of events titled, "Experiencing Conflict," which is planned for the fall semester at ISU.
There are no fees to submit works; however, a maximum of three works per artist will be accepted. The maximum size for two-dimensional works is 5' x 7' and for three-dimensional works is 3' x 3' x 6'. The maximum weight for any single work is 75 pounds. All media are acceptable. Assistance with bringing artwork into the building can be arranged by contacting Ryan Babcock at 208-220-6895. This event is sponsored ISU Department of Art and Committee for the Study of Violence, Conflict and War in Society.
Anyone who is a veteran or currently serving in any branch of the United States Armed Forces is welcome to submit works for exhibition. Family members of deceased veterans may also submit works created by these veterans.
For more information contact the John B. Davis Gallery at 282-2361.
The ISU Office for Research and Economic Development is hosting an all-day grant writing workshop Oct. 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in The Rendezvous Center.
The event is sponsored by the ISU Office for Research and Economic Development, in close coordination with the ISU Biomedical Research Institute. It is presented by Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops, LLC.
Highly intensive and all-day, this one-day seminar will be applicable and beneficial to anyone who wishes to pursue external funds, but will have a primary focus on funding from federal agencies, like the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Further, early in the Fall 2013 semester, a select few faculty will be chosen to participate in a 6-month, one-on-one professional grant writing assistance opportunity from GWSW, to begin after the October seminar.
Several Idaho State University departments are collaborating to discuss archeological sites in Idaho and prepare for the International Paleoamerican Odyssey Conference.
"Clovis folks lived in Idaho during the Ice Age about 13,000 years ago," said Ernest Lohse, Department of Anthropology. "We are talking with international experts to learn how they think Clovis people used resources, so that we can predict where we should be able to find archaeological sites."
The Department of Anthropology, ISU Instructional Design, ISI Informatics Research Institute, College of Education, College of Business, Department of Geosciences, and ISU GIS have joined forces to form the Clovis Modeling Collaboration. The collaboration will present a knowledge elicitation workshop at the International Odyssey Conference in Santa Fe Oct. 17-19.
ISU is also collaborating with several other universities including Oregon State and Texas A&M University to build a model for Clovis adaptation, including a shared online heritage database, a game for education, computer simulations and GIS predictive models.
"No one has developed this informatics-based approach before," said Lohse. "The conference workshop will showcase our capabilities and create new partnerships with other programs and scholars, creating multiple granting and research opportunities."
ISU has expertise in building informatics-based products for other universities, corporate partners, and federal and state entities. The collaboration aims to produce multiple student published articles, masters' theses, and several dissertations while using educational games and computer simulations to educate students across the country.
The international conference is sponsored by the Center for First Americans and Texas A&M University. The conference will host the most prominent Clovis paleoindian researchers from around the world. For more information visit www.paleoamericanodyssey.com.
Learn about Idaho State University programs and the advantages of applying early for scholarships and financial aid at two ISU Information Nights.
The first is November 13, at the Historic Ballroom, 205 Shoshone St., N., in downtown Twin Falls, and the second is November 14, at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive, in Meridian. Both events are free and run from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
High school juniors and seniors, their parents, and college transfer students are invited, said ISU admissions adviser, Dana Gaudet.
Attendees will get an overview of academic programs offered on the Pocatello and Meridian campuses, housing options and information about the university honors program. They'll have the opportunity to browse ISU programs and discuss their fields of interest with program representatives.
"Prospective students will learn firsthand what it's like to be a Bengal and the opportunities available at ISU," said Gaudet.
The event includes refreshments, giveaways and a panel discussion with current ISU students. RSVP at www.isu.edu/future/isuin.
In 2012, Idaho State University was voted the fifth safest campus in the country by Collegesafe.org. In 2013, AffordableCollegesOnline.org ranked ISU in the top 15 for low-cost, high-salary education in a survey of 4,000 accredited public colleges and universities.
Also in 2013, ISU-Meridian, which offers more than 20 graduate and undergraduate programs in the health sciences, was voted one of the top 10 branch campuses in the United States by Thebestcolleges.org.